Arranging Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an by Ryan Bañagale

By Ryan Bañagale

In Arranging Gershwin, writer Ryan Bañagale techniques George Gershwin's iconic piece Rhapsody in Blue no longer as a composition yet as an association -- a standing it has in lots of methods held because its inception in 1924, but one unconsidered before. transferring emphasis clear of the concept of the Rhapsody as a static paintings through a unmarried composer, Bañagale posits a vast imaginative and prescient of the piece that recognizes the efforts of a number of collaborators who formed the Rhapsody as we all know it this day. Arranging Gershwin sheds new gentle on everyday musicians corresponding to Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington, introduces lesser-known figures akin to Ferde Grofé and Larry Adler, and remaps the terrain of this emblematic piece of yank song. whilst, it expands on current techniques to the research of preparations -- an rising and insightful realm of yankee track experiences -- in addition to demanding situations present and entrenched definitions of composer and composition.

Based on a number of newly found manuscripts, the booklet considerably alters current historic and cultural conceptions of the Rhapsody. With extra forays into visible media, together with the economic ads of United airways and Woody Allen's Manhattan, it in addition exemplifies how preparations have contributed not just to the iconicity of Gershwin and Rhapsody in Blue, but additionally to music-making in the US -- its humans, their objectives, and their processes.

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